Some vintage perfumes are still in existence because they were the most luxurious thing your money could buy. Others, like Tosca, by the old German firm Maurer and Wirtz, are simply still around because someone thought they were the best drugstore deal. Tosca, in one formulation or another, has been available to you since 1912. It’s harder to find now than it presumably was then: I ordered it from Merz Apothecary. It set me back $26.50: the equivalent of about 2 bucks back then.
As far as simple perfumes go, Tosca is a fine choice, and probably one of the most wearable perfumes I own. It’s a bright, cheap, soapy aldehydic thing with a side of musk. It’s also ever so slightly minty in the beginning. At the heart it gets airier, and the musk comes out more towards the end. It’s basically Ivoire‘s daughter, who is on the cheerleading squad. It would be just as good as a soap or body splash, and is available as such.
Price Range: Inexpensive
Recommended Occasion: Casual
Release Year: 1921
My Rating: 6.5